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Benue Farmers Anticipate Rain To Kick-off Planting Season

By George George Idowu

Farmers in Benue State are gearing up for this year’s farming season, eagerly anticipating stable rainfall to begin planting as they complain of lack of stability of the rain has hindered them from commencing farming season.

In Makurdi and surrounding areas, farmers have refrained from tilling their fields due to delayed rains, while those in the hinterlands are holding off until the rainfall stabilizes.

A farmer from Guma LGA, Jonah Iornondu, said he has readied his farm for millet, maize, and yam but awaits stable rainfall to ensure successful planting.

He highlighted concerns over the heat still lingering in the ground, which could affect seed viability.

On the part of Ekoja Adakole a farmer in Otukpo, he bemoaned the high cost of inputs and the financial strain of procuring quality seeds.

According to him, he plans to cultivate cassava and yam due to their lower production costs, shelving plans for crops like maize, soybean, and sesame.

While Onyebe Eneche, plans to plant maize, groundnut, and cassava, but awaits the onset of rainfall to commence planting.

Despite seed unavailability, she remains optimistic about sourcing improved seeds in time for planting.

Agronomists from Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University advised farmers to prepare their fields and secure quality seeds ahead of the anticipated “May” rainfall.

Similarly, Dr. Teryima Iorlamen emphasized the importance of timely planning and acquiring inputs to ensure a successful planting season, urging farmers to embrace improved seeds and agronomic practices.

He explained that NIMET’s forecast indicates the month of May as when they will be stable rainfall.

Hence he urged farmers to plan and prepare diligently to avert potential food crises and maximize yields.

Agricultural experts underscored the significance of early preparations and crop selection tailored to local conditions for a fruitful farming season in Benue State.


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